Latvenergo AS implements placement of 7-year green bonds
Riga, 2021-05-07 16:38 CEST --
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On 7 May 2021 Latvenergo AS (Baa2/stable, Moody`s) implemented placement of seven-year green bonds in the total nominal value of EUR 50 million with a fixed annual interest rate of 0.5% and a yield to maturity 0.543% (final terms of issuance of notes attached).
The total amount of the submitted purchase orders reached EUR 229.8 million. The purchase orders were received from 24 investors, including asset management funds, insurance companies and banks in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland and Sweden, and international financial institutions – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Nordic Investment Bank.
"This is already the second bond programme for the issuance of notes under which we are issuing green bonds, and our aim is to invest in environmentally friendly projects. The high level of investor interest in green bonds confirms Latvenergo's strategy to further increase the use of renewable energy sources, which means more hydro, solar, and wind power. It also acknowledges society's wish to live in a sustainable environment," says Guntars Baļčūns, Chairman of the Management Board of Latvenergo AS.
It is intended that the notes will be listed on Nasdaq Riga AS.
The issuance of notes is being implemented under Latvenergo AS EUR 200 million third programme for the issuance of notes. The arrangers of the issuance are Luminor Bank AS un Swedbank AB (publ).
The proceeds from the issuance of notes will be allocated to environment-friendly investment projects in accordance with Latvenergo AS Green Bond Framework, which has received the Dark green shading issued by the independent research center CICERO Shades of Green. This is the highest category shading in the CICERO’s methodology. That indicates the compliance of the planned projects with long-term environmental protection and climate change mitigation objectives, as well as good governance and transparency.
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Latvenergo Group is one of the leading energy suppliers in the Baltics operating in electricity and thermal energy generation and trade, natural gas trade and electricity distribution services. Latvenergo AS has been acknowledged as the most valuable company in Latvia for several times. International credit rating agency Moody's has assigned Latvenergo AS an investment-grade credit rating of Baa2/stable.
Latvenergo Group is comprised of the parent company Latvenergo AS (generation and trade of electricity and thermal energy, trade of natural gas) and subsidiaries - Sadales tīkls AS (electricity distribution), Elektrum Eesti OÜ (trade of electricity and natural gas in Estonia), Elektrum Lietuva UAB (trade of electricity and natural gas in Lithuania), Enerģijas publiskais tirgotājs AS (administration of mandatory electricity procurement process) and Liepājas enerģija SIA (generation and trade of thermal energy in Liepaja, electricity generation). All shares of Latvenergo AS are owned by the state and held by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia.